February 19th 2015
How Jodie Comer gets her killer glow
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Killing Eve returns to screens this April. We spoke to the woman behind that butter-wouldn't-melt assassin's glow, facialist Jasmina Vico
She’s TV’s chicest sociopathic assassin but we aren’t here to talk about the potential plot twists of Killing Eve Season Two, which aired in the US last night and is set to land here soon. Nor the fabulous, designer clothes - although we did lust after Villanelle’s pink organza Molly Goddard moment in Season One. Instead, we’re discussing how Jodie Comer, who plays the femme fatale, gets her gorgeous skin and for that, we've enlisted her facialist, Jasmina Vico.
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Jasmina is a Croatian born skin health specialist based in a quiet side street in London's Marylebone. She’s known for her ‘Vico Glow’ facial, a favourite not just with Jodie, who sees her as regularly as once a month depending on her filming schedule, but with other screen actresses including Joanne Froggatt, Tracey Ullman and Claire Foy. Jodie came to her on a word-of-mouth recommendation, says Jasmina. “I’ve been treating her [Jodie] for two years, she is a friend of actress Amy Manson, and she introduced us. Jodie was filming in London at the time and wanted a treatment, she’s been seeing me ever since.”
The Vico Glow facial involves a mix of acidic peels, laser, facial massage and hydration but, Jasmina emphasizes the fact that every Vico Glow treatment is tailor-made to the individual. “The treatment was created as a need to address the physiology of the whole person coming to see me. This led me to create a highly bespoke, holistic skin regime. Unique skin conditions, lifestyle and my general interest in improving clients’ skin means clients are getting a very personalised treatment.”
“For Jodie, I take into account what her skin needs. I look at her hydration levels every time we meet and we alter her treatment to bring everything back into balance and enhance her natural glow. I have high-end equipment such as red and blue LED lights, clinical microneedling tools and 3D and 4D lasers, which all contribute to the end result, plus my expertise and intuition have always helped. I believe everyone can achieve beautiful skin and I live by this motto."
The Jasmina Vico glow-getting skincare picks
"Your topical vitamin C is important, as it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant to protect you from free radicals like stress and pollution and this should be applied every day. Then add your hydration, a good moisturiser like the SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture, £70. An option for oily skin which plumps it full of skin-boosting sea algae and vitamin E.
"You should be using an SPF all year round, even on cloudy days, I like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Shaka Ultra-light SPF 50, £16.50 it’s a good high street option for oily skin."
"At night, use your vitamin A (retinol) and that’s it - skincare for everybody. Then you have your weeklies, your exfoliators and your hydrating masks. You could also add in some luxury skincare for added hydration such as a Valmont Det02x Cream, £185.
“I like high-end cosmeceutical products, I think SkinCeuticals have the best vitamin C, their C E Ferulic, £135 is the best on the market. I like their Phyto Corrective Serum, £55 too, for inflamed or irritated skin."
“Medik8 Hydr8 B5, £40 is a great hyaluronic acid treatment for dehydration and a great cosmeceutical brand."
"NIOD have some more affordable options such as the NIOD Modulating Glucosides, £21."
“But, it’s not even about investing in skincare, it’s about understanding how it works. Why you need to take off your make up at the end of the day and protect it from the sun.”
But food comes first...
“Food is more important than skincare, you are what you eat. The skin is your gut, it will tell you what doesn’t work, it signals what’s happening in your body.
“You need supplements with the right diet. You should eat in season and add more alkaline foods like leafy green vegetables. These are naturally high in all the essential vitamins for good skin.
“I suggest a strong antioxidant like vitamin C all year round and in winter, vitamin D when we don’t see much sunshine. Magnesium is a great mineral for women especially, though we are all lacking in it. It is crucial to bone health and energy levels.
“A new supplement that’s amazing for skin called NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide +Hydrogen) is going to be everywhere soon. The chemical occurs naturally in the body, it repairs damaged DNA and stimulates our cell defence systems. We age because our cells age so, you need to take a supplement to top up the levels. It’s also called NMN, which is just a smaller molecule of NAD+. It’s one of the biggest new players in terms of anti-ageing.
“Glutathione another great supplement, it’s a fantastic antioxidant that cleanses your liver and kidneys and it’s skin brightening.
“I also suggest adding in anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric and cumin to warming, healthy dishes, these help your digestive system. Most vegans I’ve seen eat a lot of raw food but you need warm food for your digestion. If you’re always eating raw, your gut is not digesting your food properly, which shows in your skin.”
Writer Emma North tries the Vico Glow. Here's what happened
The consultation begins with a few questions about lifestyle if I’m a smoker, what skincare I use, my nationality and diet. She instantly sees that I’m a pimple picker from a few broken capillaries, that my undereye circles are a deep blue – possibly due to a dairy intolerance and my excessive milk consumption (I love a creamy latte) I suffer from sun damage and pigmentation and by over waxing my lady-tache, I’ve given myself infected hair follicles that turn into unsightly pimples.
Treatment begins, first up is a deep cleanse to remove traces of makeup and city grime. Next, it’s onto a few extractions and gentle exfoliation. Jasmina then moves on to a mild glycolic peel to target blemishes and remove dead skin and excess sebum, which can clog pores. “I don’t really use aggressive peels in my treatments, I don’t think it's necessary. I’m more focused on the health of the skin. Some of our skincare can be too damaging," she says, "Some brands they market their products to create sort of burns to the skin, whereas a healthy glow should come from within.”
Following this, she targets the broken capillaries around my nose with a laser, the intense pulse of light destroys the tiny broken blood vessel. Then on to my womanly moustache… “Laser is the only way to remove hair, plucking or waxing creates surface damage to the skin. The body’s natural response to trauma is to protect itself by bringing blood vessels to the surface of the skin and you’ll keep doing this repeatedly, ending up in a deeper level of damage.”
Jasmina is a strong advocate for laser hair removal, it’s expensive but it will save you the cost of repairing damaged skin later in life. “Then after you’ve waxed, when it’s sunny and you don’t put SPF on this is how pigmentation happens and that’s the hardest thing to get rid of. Prevention is much better than cure.”
To end, she douses me in a hydrating hyaluronic acid formula, massaging the contours of the face to plump the skin and calm redness. The result? The Vico Glow of course.
Book an expert consultation with Jasmina at her Marylebone clinic
Vico Glow Fix 30 minutes (A speedier, pick me up treatment), £150
Vico Glow 60 minutes (Jasmina's signature treatment), £250
Vico Glow Laser 60 minutes (Using 3D and 4D lasers to tighten skin), £365
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